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In Sheep's Clothing

Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / March 1, 2005

To the editor:

When you look up hypocrite in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of Gordon Haber. Here's a guy that calls himself a scientist and is funded by our buddies, the Connecticut-based Friends of Animals.

Haber's feel-good mission is to do everything he can to "protect" the wolves in and around Denali Park.

Recently, after a local trapper caught a wolf legally, just outside the boundary of the park, Haber called it a "very serious loss" and went on to name the trapper directly in this paper in an attempt to make him look like some sort of criminal.

Haber described how, from his airplane, he followed the pack back to their den, then tracked them again back to near where the wolf was taken, where it viewed the male pack leader howling. He said those actions were likely caused by "confusion and stress."

Seems to me that getting that close and buzzing the wolf would cause a bit more "confusion and stress" to a wild animal.

Haber also said that last year dozens of people in the park received a "special thrill" as they saw the pack of wolves kill a caribou. I wonder if the caribou felt any "confusion and stress" as it had its entrails ripped from its body in front of a gawking crowd of out-of-state tourists.

What's wrong with this picture? Don't some tourists come here to see the caribou and moose as well?

Now Haber and his "boss," the extremist alpha-female Priscilla Feral, who heads Friends of Animals, are trying to create a 600-square-mile buffer zone to wrap around the already enlarged park boundary.

As Alaskans, we all need to say "not just no, but %$@# no !"

We Alaskans will do what we know needs to be done to increase the moose and caribou populations statewide. In fact, the actions of these extremists should make us focus our collective efforts and all turn it up a notch.

Thanks, Mr. Haber, we kind of needed a nudge in that direction.

Craig Compeau / Fairbanks


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